Although it does not fulfill any role in the F1, English Bernie Ecclestone he is still a very influential person in the Maxima. So much so that the former patron of the category was a key piece in the agreement that the German closed Sebastian Vettel y Lawrence stroll, who hired the driver to drive one of the brand new team's cars Aston Martin in 2021.
In an interview with the German portal Sport1Ecclestone, who turned 90 on Wednesday, said he pressured Stroll to hire Vettel. “I told him how good Sebastian is still and that in the end everyone would win when the deal is finalized. I think my arguments convinced him ”.
Stroll, a 61-year-old Canadian millionaire, is a co-owner of Racing Point, the team that from next year will be called Aston Martin. Ecclestone was so convincing that the businessman decided not to extend his relationship with the Mexican Sergio Pérez to make room for the German.
Ecclestone, who admitted that he regularly talks to Vettel on the phone and gives him his insight on certain issues, also discussed what happened between the German and Ferrari, who decided not to renew his contract. "It has always been a not very transparent team in which internal politics have always played a great role", I consider.
“Only in the time of Michael Schumacher everyone was shooting for the same side. Luckily Sebastian Vettel has a new challenge at Aston Martin next year. There he will respond to those who doubted and this year did not trust his abilities any more ", finished the tycoon.